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  • Sharon Parsons

Why the same order in Pilates class

The three most popular methods are Classical, Contemporary, and a combination of fitness Pilates. I am a seasoned Advanced Classical Trained instructor.

I believe that there are six basic principles of Pilates which are; concentration, control, center, flow, breath, and precision. I also believe that each principle is essential to experience the true depth of the method.

There are numerous benefits to Pilates including; improved posture, increased strength and flexibility, reduced stress levels, better breathing patterns and improved circulation. However, these benefits can only be achieved by following the correct order of exercises.

The beauty of Pilates is that once you have mastered the basic principles and movements, the intermediate and advanced exercises will flow seamlessly, allowing you to move through the workout with ease and grace.

When I am asked why I teach the same order, my answer is : "If you don't do the exercises in the order they are supposed to be done or only do some of them, you won't get the results you want. Mastering your body first and then Pilates, requires you to slowly and methodically uncover the abilities of each muscle group, one by one. Balancing their movements is crucial to achieving success. Just as a house cannot be built without first laying a foundation, similarly we must not overlook the importance of taking things slow and steady in order to achieve our goals.

You may come to Pilates to lose weight. You may come to Pilates to help with a bad back. You may come to Pilates to keep up with your peers or your kids. You may come for all these reasons and more... it doesn't matter but the order of a true and authentic pilates class will be taught with the same order each time.

Pilates is not just another fad workout; it is a method of exercise that is based on sound principles of movement and body mechanics.

There are five main reasons I can think of off the top of my head as to why we teach in the same order:

1) The exercises build on each other. They become more challenging as you progress through them.

2) You need to master the basics before moving on to more difficult exercises.

3) It's important to maintain good form and technique throughout your workout.

4) Each muscle group needs time to recover before being worked on again.

5) You'll see better results if you stick to a regular routine.

The Pilates Method helps people move in new ways that minimize pain. This happens because when somebody sustains an injury, the whole system changes so that person can still function. Additionally, aging and acquiring certain habits also change the way we move. The intention of every Pilates exercise is to wake up the Central muscular system and link the Peripherals to the Powerhouse. As a result, it's critical not only to relax all of your muscles during your Pilates workout but also to focus on contracting the ones that should be working.

By restricting certain movement patterns, over time, our core muscles are weakening. Our bodies are no longer able to generate responding force from our center, resulting in instability and balance loss.

The Mat work is the foundation of the Pilates Method. All of the exercises on the other apparatus are based on movements that are first learned on the Mat.

Pilates teaches us how to move efficiently and with control. It gives us the ability to transfer what we learn in the studio to our daily lives.

When done correctly and with a qualified instructor, Pilates can help to improve posture, build core strength, increase flexibility and mobility, and relieve stress and tension.

Pilates is a lifelong journey, and I am so grateful to be able to share it with all of you online!